The Importance of Menu Planning

Ever since my husband and I were married 13 years ago, I’ve been planning our weekly menu.  Even if I don’t take the time to write things down, I still have a few meals in mind that would get us through the week.  It’s in my nature to be a planner so planning a menu was obvious for my own sanity. 

But, even if you’re more of an impromptu cook, today I’d like to touch on the importance of menu planning, no matter what your situation is. We’re all busy people so the power of a plan can help each of us tremendously!

Here are four reasons why having a menu plan is so important:

Our health

Our health should be one of our main concerns and one way to ensure good health is to eat well. Having a menu plan in place helps you avoid take out and those quick pre-made meals that aren’t well rounded.  With planned meals, you’ll end up with a more balanced and nutritious diet.

Keeps the budget in check

Groceries cost a lot. Save yourself some financial stress by planning your meals and your shopping list based on what’s on sale and what you already have in your pantry. With a menu plan in place, you only have to purchase the ingredients you need create the meals you’ve picked. That’s how I only spent about $33 this week on groceries.  (Though, I’m anticipating a quick trip to buy more milk and fruit later in the week.)Sometimes, the menu plan is the only thing in the day that goes as planned! Here are 4 reasons to help you see the benefits of having a menu plan.

Your time is important too

Whether you work outside the home or you’re a stay-at-home parent, we’re all juggling a ton of activities on a daily basis.  While planning a menu in the first place takes a little bit of time, it will definitely save you time in the end. You will always have the ingredients you need to create a meal from your planned menu. No running to the store for a last minute item or opening the fridge and cupboards 500 times to figure out what to make for dinner. Or realizing it’s 5pm and you just spent an hour trying to find a great recipe when dinner could have already been on the table. With a plan in place, all you have to do is pick a meal from the list and make it!

Reduces waste

Have you ever bought food from the grocery store thinking you’ll use it for something, but end up throwing it out instead?  If you stick to the grocery list that you created based on your planned meals, you won’t be purchasing anything that you won’t use. In turn, you’ll be creating less waste, both in the food sense and financial sense!

I believe that the importance of menu planning cannot be stressed enough.  Menu planning has made my life so much easier and I’ve heard the same from many others! Sometimes, the menu plan is the only thing in the day that goes as planned!

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What are some other benefits of menu planning that can you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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